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True North Cruises – Kimberley Snapshot
(17 days) Perth to Kununurra
Map of True North Cruises – Kimberley Snapshot
Before embarking the True North Cruise 7 Night Kimberley Snapshot explore Perth, Margaret River and Broome.


Day 1 Perth

Deluxe Chauffeured Cars, Perth

Perth International Airport to Perth City – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Perth is a scenic and sophisticated city, renowned for its abundant sunshine, relaxed lifestyle and easy-going manner.  The city’s modern skyline blends with magnificent colonial architecture, housing excellent retail outlets.  King Street, a historic and lovingly restored commercial precinct, is known for its fashion houses, cafes, art galleries and specialist book stores.  The city’s prime position, flanking the broad reaches of the Swan River, provides an excellent setting for enjoying alfresco dining in one of the many outdoor restaurants and cafes.  Visitors to Perth also have a choice of more than 80km of white sandy beaches within easy reach.

Crown Towers Perth, Perth

Accommodation in a Deluxe King Room for 2 nights – Includes Full Breakfast

On the banks of the famous Swan River, this property offers luxury accommodation in central Perth, located within close proximity to the international and domestic airports and only a short drive to the CBD.

Day 2 Perth

Luxury Outback Tours, Perth

Pinnacles Day Tour – Shared Small Group Tour

The Pinnacles Day Tour takes you into the Pinnacles Desert in the Nambung National Park.  The first stop of the day is an informative visit to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Interpretive Centre, then drive into the Pinnacles Desert, along a 4km trail where you will have the unique experience of walking among the fascinating phenomenon of the Pinnacles.  In geologic terms the pinnacles are a modern phenomenon that started out as recently as three and a half million years ago and were formed somewhere between two million and twenty thousand years ago. Enjoy lunch in Cervantes, before a drive to Thirsty Point to walk along the beautiful white sandy beaches, view sparkling aquamarine waters, and the nearby islands. We then travel on to Lake Thetis to view the Stromatolites, one of the earliest forms of life on our planet, and another of nature’s wonders.   Return to Perth at approximately 4:30pm

Day 3 Margaret River

Hertz Australia – Metro

Rental Car, Full Size Auto (FCAR) Metro – Downtown MAX Inclusive + GPS

Pick-up:    Perth City, 475 Murray Street, Ph 08 9321 7777

Drop-Off: Perth City, 475 Murray Street, Ph 08 9321 7777

Duration: 3 Days Rental

Drive Perth to Margaret River (Yallingup – Cape Lodge)

255 kms / 159 miles (approx. driving time 3 hours)

Places of interest enroute;

ROCKINGHAM. The pristine islands and reefs of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park offer an incredible array of marine encounters, from penguins and dolphins to dive wrecks and snorkel trails. And beyond, the beautiful beaches and clear blue sea are playgrounds for fishing, surfing and sailing.

With pods of dolphins regularly visiting these coastal waters, it’s a great opportunity to tick your wish-list and swim with wild dolphins. If you’d prefer to stay dry, you can watch these playful creatures from the comfort of the viewing platform as they ride the bow beneath your feet.

MANDURAH. The setting for childhood memories, Mandurah still retains that magical holiday feeling. What was once a small fishing village is now an exciting city; a city glittering with sunlit waterways everywhere you go.  The heart of the city, arranged around an estuary crisscrossed by pleasure boats and pontoon barges, is alive with cafes and restaurants dotted along the boardwalks. Family-friendly activities mix with sophisticated cultural venues to create a smorgasbord of experiences to satisfy any taste. Along the coast, the beaches are still sensational, as is the surfing, windsurfing, sailing and anything else you enjoy on the water.

BUNBURY. The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is renowned for its wild but friendly bottlenose dolphins which you can meet at the shoreline or out in the bay aboard a dolphin watching and swimming tour. It’s also the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia’s South West – one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, where world-class wine, pristine beaches and forests of timber giants can all be enjoyed in a single day.

BUSSELTON. In Busselton’s calm turquoise bay you can take a 1.8-kilometre stroll or train ride over the Indian Ocean on the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. And below the waves, Australia’s best artificial reef can be viewed by stepping into the Underwater Observatory or getting suited up for a diving tour. Its iconic, heritage-listed jetty was originally built in 1865, and a ticket to ride with the Busselton Jetty Experience takes you all the way to the end to get a glimpse of the colourful fish and tropical corals that have made it their home, thanks to the warm waters of the Leeuwin current.

Originally a chilled out surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of fine wine, good food and spectacular scenery – just a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth.  No trip to Western Australia is complete without a stop at Margaret River. There’s a fine supply of world-class wineries, boutique breweries, and restaurants overlooking sweeping vineyards and surf breaks. The wine is definitely top notch – the region produces less than one per cent of Australian wine, but over 15 per cent of the country’s premium wine and with 60 plus wineries to choose from, you won’t be stuck for choice. Some of Australia’s best chefs can be found in Margaret River, producing a feast of top tucker to be had – think exquisite cheeses, jams, condiments, olives and marron (freshwater crayfish).

Cape Lodge, Margaret River

Accommodation in a Garden View Room for 2 nights – Includes Full Breakfast

Inclusions: Full breakfast daily, in room refreshment including water, soft-drinks, craft beer and snacks, afternoon tea, aperitif hour with Cape Lodge wines.

Centrally located to the towns of Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup.  Meander down the winding driveway of the intimate country estate and discover why it was voted one of the top 100 hotels in the world.  The hotel sits on its own vineyard within 10 hectares of forest, parkland, gardens and lakes.  The original homestead contains the lobby, a guest drawing room and gift shop.  The accommodation has been designed for luxurious privacy and is a mixture of rooms and suites spread throughout manicured expansive grounds within five detached wings encircling two lakes.

Day 4 Margaret River

Today is at leisure and an opportunity to do some independent exploring, or just relax.

Optional Sightseeing (additional cost)

Enjoy a private Margaret River tour with exclusive vehicle and dedicated tour guide. Your itinerary will include a range of guided wine tastings and food experiences. This tour features a customised 6-hour private tour itinerary designed exclusively for you and priority service at Margaret River wineries and attractions.

Day 5 Perth

Drive Margaret River (Cape Lodge) to Perth

265 kms / 165 miles (approx. driving time 3 hours)

Return your rental vehicle to the Downtown Depot.  Please allow plenty of time prior to the office closing time.

Crown Towers Perth, Perth

Accommodation in a Deluxe King Room for 2 nights – Includes Full Breakfast

On the banks of the famous Swan River, this property offers luxury accommodation in central Perth, located within close proximity to the international and domestic airports and only a short drive to the CBD.

Day 6 Broome

Deluxe Chauffeured Cars, Perth

Perth City Hotel to Domestic Airport – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Depart Perth

Arrive Broome

Your flight today is not included in your Southern World arrangements.

Often referred to as the pearl of North West Australia, Broome is Western Australia’s coastal gateway to the magnificent wilderness region of the Kimberley.  It’s also home to the world-famous white sands of Cable Beach, making it one of the State’s most popular holiday resorts.

Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa, Broome

Accommodation in a Guest Room for 2 nights – Room Only

Located just minutes from the turquoise blue waters and salt white sands of Cable Beach. Broome’s newest 5 star resort captures the essence of this exotic destination, reflecting both Broomes unique beauty and it’s ever changing contrasts.

Day 7 Broome

InStyle Adventures, Broome

Afternoon Best of Broome – Shared Small Group Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, sunset platter, Chinatown walking tour

Take in all the best sites of Broome with entertaining and informative commentary from your local guide.  An easy paced walking tour around historical Chinatown then touring in our comfortable air-conditioned 4WD we visit Town Beach, sight of the WWII bombing, the fascinating and moving Japanese Cemetery before venturing to Gantheaume Point.  Enjoy drinks and a gourmet platter as the sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

Day 8 Broome

True North Adventure Cruises, Broome

7 Night Kimberley Snapshot – Ocean Class – Shared Cruise

Start: Saturday

End:   Saturday

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, all Australian-cuisine dining and non-alcoholic beverages, activities as outlined in itinerary, park permits and port charges.

Exclusions: Scenic helicopter flights, visas, merchandise and alcohol and gratuities. 

Your ‘Welcome Aboard’ the magnificent TRUE NORTH is in the pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 5.00pm – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 6.30pm. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port for the overnight cruise to Yampi Sound.

Day 9 Horizontal Falls

Awake to the majestic Kimberley and savour an irresistible True North breakfast as we glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands – our attentive crew will be happy to introduce the colourful histories of both! Then it’s time to ‘personally’ introduce you to a Kimberley icon – The Horizontal Falls. Experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience! Then – you will have hardly had a chance to catch your breath when, for those who can’t wait one minute longer, Leadline Creek will be the first opportunity to ‘land a barra’! Before you know it, your first day onboard will be coming to an end – but there’s still time to select a fine wine and to enjoy a leisurely evening meal as we cruise to Doubtful Bay.

Day 10 Montgomery Reef

This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. Fish the mouth for barra and then join naturalists and adventurers alike as we ‘ride the tide’ on a classic river expedition! Enjoy a swim in your very own billabong before returning to the ultimate comfort of the True North. Then, you’ll probably be enjoying lunch as we weigh anchor and cruise for another Kimberley icon – Montgomery Reef! Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – and see it you will – as 140 square miles of coral reef rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes! Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world! Turtles, dugong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter puts all in perspective!

Day 11 Prince Regent River

The scenery will astound and there are some not to be missed fishing spots as the True North graces the majestic Prince Regent River. At Kings Cascades we manoeuvre the True North right under the falls. Then it’s time for more ‘adventure in the tender’ – a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture perfect billabong. The helicopter will be popular again when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park!

Day 12 Hunter River

If you think the Regent was good – wait till ya see the Hunter! With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves – the Hunter River is yet another awesome setting for fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching and just simply exploring! Enjoy an exhilarating hike to the hidden Jackson Falls and there’s even more splendour from the helicopter! Hopefully we’ll have time for a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island and then it’s an overnight cruise to Vansittart Bay.

Day 13 Koolama Bay

Today there will be an opportunity to see the “Bradshaws” – possibly the oldest art known to man. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’- enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch amidst breathtaking scenery. The tenders will also be busy exploring local beaches and creeks. Overnight we cruise to Koolama Bay.

Day 14 The King George

Yet another mighty Kimberley river – The King George! As soon as the tide is high enough, we’ll cross the sand bars at the mouth to reveal even more breathtaking river vista. Then our journey upstream will take us to the very ‘jewel in the crown’ – The King George Falls. Here we anchor at the base of the Twin Falls and you will find endless places to explore. Climb, or take the helicopter, to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. Just the thought of leaving this magnificence will inspire mutiny! Learn about the bombing of a state-ship during WWII, then take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before we continue onto the frontier port of Wyndham.

Day 15 Kununurra

Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 8.00am for transfer to Kununurra and your crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty TRUE NORTH!

Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra, The Kimberley

Accommodation in a Triple Room for 2 nights – Room Only

Additional Inclusions: 2 Adults x 2 Full Breakfast

The 4 star resort is set amongst lush tropical gardens with modern facilities including a refreshing shaded pool, indoor bar and award winning  restaurant.  Rooms are air-conditioned and include all necessary comforts with the additional benefits of dial-up internet access, television and complimentary in-house movies.  Relax poolside or at the indoor bar or restaurant.

   

Day 16 Kununurra

Triple J Tours, Kununurra, The Kimberley

Full Day Ord River Day Tour (Coach/Boat Combo) – Shared Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, afternoon tea

You will be collected from your accommodation at 11.30am and taken by coach through Durack country to Lake Argyle (70km).  As we near Lake Argyle, we will take a short break at the historic Durack Homestead Museum.  This Museum was constructed as a replica of the original family Homestead and uses the original Homestead stone.  Re-boarding the coach, we drive the short distance to Lake Argyle Resort before viewing the enormous Lake Argyle from a scenic look-out.  Crossing the Ord Top Dam wall, guests will see the Ord Hydro-Power Station before boarding their Triple J Tours boat for a scenic 55km cruise back to Kununurra.  Marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna found along the way and maybe even spot a crocodile!  Enjoy afternoon tea at our riverside camp before heading back to Kununurra.  Take in a colourful East Kimberley sunset before docking back at the Marina and re-boarding your coach for your accommodation drop-off at around 6.00pm.

Day 17 Kununurra

Depart Kununurra

Courtesy transfer from the hotel to airport.

Accommodation
Perth
Crown Towers Perth
Margaret River
Cape Lodge
Perth
Crown Towers Perth
Broome
Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa
Broome
True North Cruise
Kununurra
Kununurra Country Club Resort